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|Posted: 31-07-2014 11:01 Post subject: 'Locating The Gothic'. Limerick 22 - 25 October 2014.
|CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL, LIMERICK, IRELAND 22ND -25TH OCTOBER 2014
Locating The Gothic' is the brainchild of Maria Beville (Mary Immaculate College, UL) and Tracy Fahey (Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT) who first met, aptly, at the Studies in Gothic Fiction conference in San Diego in 2012. Both were fascinated at the idea of relating their own research in the Gothic to the historic, cultural and idiosyncratic location of Limerick city, where they live and work.
'Locating the Gothic', which arose from their plans, is an international conference and series of interlinked events exploring the concept of Gothic locations. Apart from initiating academic considerations of the Gothic and place, it celebrates the city of Limerick itself as a Gothic location. With its fascinating, bloody, and Gothic mix of history, literature, art, and folklore, Limerick enlivens the Gothic imagination with native narratives that encompass tales of battles and sieges, river monsters, ghosts, cannibalism and a long-standing city-curse.
The programme includes not only a two-day international conference, but also a diverse mix of cultural, social and artistic events. It links the campuses of Mary Immaculate College and Limerick School of Art and Design with other key historic sites throughout the city and county.
Mapping Spectral Traces
Dr Iain Biggs (http://www.iainbiggs.co.uk) is an independent visual artist / teacher / researcher / writer / occasional performer with heterogeneous interests in issues relating to place, memory and identity. These include the resurfacing of animism in contemporary culture and the potential for testimonial imagination of the spectral traces of a submerged mentalité in the supernatural ballads associated with the English/Scottish Borders region.
He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, where he was formerly Director of the PLaCE interdisciplinary Research Centre, and he continues to act as a coordinator for PLaCE International (http://placeinternational.org) and for the Mapping Spectral Traces (http://www.mappingspectraltraces.org) and LAND2 (http://www.land2.uwe.ac.uk) networks.
The Cult of Kali: Gothic Remains in Anglophone Post/colonial Literature about India
Born and educated in Bihar, India, Dr. Tabish Khair is currently an associate professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. His studies include Babu Fictions and The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness. He is also an award-winning poet and novelist. His latest novel, How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position, was published by Corsair in UK earlier this year.
Guilty Pleasures: Haunting Whitechapel
Dr. Monica Germanà is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Westminster. Her research concentrates on contemporary British literature, with a specific emphasis on the Gothic and gender. Her publications include Scottish Women’s Gothic and Fantastic Writing (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Ali Smith: New Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2013) co-edited with Emily Horton. She is currently working on a new monograph called Bond Girls: Body, Dress, Gender (Bloomsbury).
As a creative writer, her work has been published in various anthologies, including Lost, Cold Turkey, and Book (all published by Inkermen Press). She is currently working on a collection of short stories and a London-set novella, Off-Peak. As a photographer, her freelance work has been published in The List magazine, which also selected her work the Beck’s photography competition in 2002. She had her first solo exhibition, wonderwander, at The Arches in 2003: the exhibition focussed on journeys, of the body and the mind. Her camera is mostly active on her journeys away from home. Her travel-writing blog is at www.monicagermana.com.
Vampires in the City: Mergence, Mystique, and ‘that New Orleans thing’.
Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell is Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her research interests focus mainly on popular culture studies, with an emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century literature, Gothic fiction and film, animation, cultural history, and food studies. She is President of the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia, and Gothic Area Chair for the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ). Her publications to date include a large number of academic articles and book chapters, and three monographs: Food and Culture in Contemporary American Fiction (New York: Routledge, 2011), Beef: A Global History (London: Reaktion, 2013), and The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature (New York: Routledge: 2014). She is currently editing a collection on The Lord of the Rings and fan cultures.
Draft programme of conference events October 22nd-25th
(please check back on this site closer to the date of the conference for additional information)
Wednesday 22nd October 6pm
Welcome and registration at Mary Immaculate College Limerick. Exhibition of work and first keynote address by Monica Germana. Response exhibition of fashion design by designer Pamela Heaney.
Book launch of "The Gothic and the Everyday: Living Gothic" (Palgrave) by editors Maria Beville and Lorna Piatti-Farnell.
Performance by the Cut Out Dolls. Wine reception.
Ghost stories at Bourke's Bar, Catherine Street, Limerick, directed by Anne Culhane
Thursday 23rd October
Conference Session Day 1 at Limerick School of Art and Design, including keynote speakers Iain Biggs and Lorna Piatti-Farnell.
Opening of 'Locating the Gothic' exhibition at Limerick School of Art and Design
Food and drinks for delegates served at the Absolute Hotel
Ghost bus tour of Limerick city directed by Anne Culhane
Late night tour of King John's Castle with mead reception.
Friday 24th October
Conference Session Day 2 at Limerick School of Art and Design, including keynote speaker Tabish Khair.
Sionna - Evening of Gothic chant at Mary Immaculate College Chapel, directed by Hannah Fahey.
Performance of play,The Veil (Conor McPherson), No. 1 Pery Square, directed by Deirdre Flynn.
Saturday 25th October (All events are free and open to all. Please note some events require booking. Information to follow, please check out the page for updates)
Horror writing workshop delivered by horror writer Gemma Mawdsley. Mary Immaculate College.12 noon
Psycho-geographical walk of Limerick city directed by Paul Tarpey. Bookings to email@example.com
FX monster workshops by Danish FX group The Fantasy Factory https://www.facebook.com/FantasyFabrikken 1-3pm
Horror writing workshop (advanced) delivered by horror writer Gemma Mawdsley. Mary Immaculate College.
Day Of The Dead print-making workshops, by Limerick Printmakers.
'Outbreak', Limerick's Zombie Festival, directed by Mike McLoughlinn
Gothic film festival, directed by John Byrne